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Reviewed in the United States on August 15, 2011
I almost feel there isn't much point in reviewing this- if you are like me, you loved the first 2 that you will buy this without checking the reviews. I certainly wouldn't have at the time. Unfortunately, the third installment in this series has greatly disappointed me.
Since the last book, there has been a space race of sorts, and now our protagonist is employed along with half the country presumably on a massive tower that will reach into space. Later on, he gets called to become a part of a competing space program, this one utilizing an elevator that reaches tens of thousands (!) of miles into space that has somehow been constructed without anyone else noticing.
So Matt, his love interest, and several other recurring characters get to visit space, and along the way they encounter space barnacles, religious extremism, and a depressingly weak "whodunnit".
The plot wobbles between boring and laughably dumb, the relationships between the characters go through the exact same stages as the previous books, and the status quo is inevitably restored, science or common sense be damned.
Perhaps the next installment will be bette, who knows.